6:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Cartoon Network Adds Adventure Comedies 'Mao Mao,' 'Tig 'N' Seek'
Cartoon Network has expanded its programming slate with two new adventure comedies while giving season pickups to two current shows.
The cable channel has ordered Parker Simmons' Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart, described as "a high-octane ride that follows a crime-fighting samurai cat and his faithful sidekicks," and Tig 'N’ Seek, a "lighthearted mystery-filled show about a young sleuth and his feline partner" that was created by Myke Chilian.
Meanwhile, Summer Camp Island, from Julia Pott, will also get a sophomore season, with George Gendi's buddy comedy Apple & Onion getting a full series pickup.
All were piloted as part of the studio's global Artists Program, which aims to nurture "a new generation of creators and developing a pipeline of critically acclaimed work."
Mao Mao will follow Sheriff Mao Mao, an explosive loner and famous hero; Badgerclops, a lovable oaf; and Adorabat, an adorable sidekick. They work together to bring justice and peace to the people of the valley. A sneak peek unlocks Monday on the CN App and On Demand, with a second June 3. Leading into the premiere, eight new episodes will become available June 28. The series will make its official debut at 6:10 p.m. July 1 on Cartoon Network, with new episodes continuing to premiere Mondays through summer. Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Titmouse.
Tig 'N’ Seek is about eight-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat, Gweeseek, as they search for the lost items of Wee Gee City. With Tiggy’s cheerful attitude and Gweeseek’s exceptional inventing capabilities, the duo humorously navigate day-to-day dilemmas at the Department of Lost and Found. Tig 'N’Seek is targeted to premiere in 2020.
Summer Camp Island returns at noon June 23 with new episodes as the magical journey picks up to follow best friends Oscar and Hedgehog as they learn to explore the unknown while embarking on more mystical adventures. In the second season, scheduled for later in the year, magical mysteries reveal themselves for Oscar and Hedgehog to investigate. On their journey, they uncover new worlds within the island where they meet elves, sasquatches, giants, monsters under the bed, aliens, yetis and teenage witches.
Apple & Onion is slated to return this fall, featuring YouTube star Timothy DeLaGhetto, The Great British Bake Off's Sue Perkins and more. The series will continue to tell stories of best friends Apple and Onion as they experience big city living with their menagerie of anthropomorphic food friends.